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Netanyahu: Israel to 'expand, intensify' Gaza campaign
Published Tuesday 15/07/2014 (updated) 17/07/2014 10:36
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Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon (L), Israel's Chief of Staff
Lieutenant General Benjamin Gantz (C back), and Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu (R), leaves after delivering a statement on June
14, 2014 (AFP/Jack Guez)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Tuesday to ramp up Israel's military campaign against Gaza, after an Egyptian truce plan failed to end eight days of cross-border fire.

"This would have been better resolved diplomatically, that’s what we tried to do when we accepted the Egyptian truce proposal today," he said.

"But Hamas leaves us no choice but to expand and intensify the campaign against it," Netanyahu said.

"That’s how we will act till we achieve our goal of bringing quiet to Israel’s citizens, while significantly harming the terror group," he said of Hamas which controls Gaza.

Netanyahu's remarks came shortly after the army and emergency services announced an Israeli civilian was killed by a projectile that hit near the Erez crossing into the Gaza Strip, the first in the conflict in which 194 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli strikes since July 8.

In televised remarks, Netanyahu also addressed criticism from members of his cabinet earlier in the day, when Foreign Minister Avidgor Lieberman slammed the Israeli acceptance of the Egyptian truce and Netanyahu's "hesitance", saying Israel should conquer Gaza and expel Hamas from it.

"These are moments when decisions must be made coolly and with patience, not hastily or noisily," Netanyahu said.

"I’m determined to do the right thing, I know you trust me to ignore the background noises and focus on the main mission to safeguard you and your lives."

Shortly after Netanyahu's remarks, his bureau announced he had fired deputy defense minister Danny Danon, a firebrand member of his Likud party, who became a vocal critic of Netanyahu during the operation, calling him a "failure" and saying Hamas was controlling the conflict.

"It is inconceivable that the deputy defence minister will attack the country's leadership leading the campaign," a statement read.

"The severe remarks show a lack of responsibility ... and even are used by Hamas terror group to slam the government, as evident in their communication networks," it said.

Meanwhile, speculation remained rife over a possible ground incursion, with no conclusive remarks from Israeli officials but a pledge to carry one out if the need arose.

"The army renewed its attacks and will increase them as much as necessary, in the air, sea and land, according to our orders," the armed forces chief of staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, said after Netanyahu's remarks.
1 ) Tibi / Tubas
16/07/2014 00:27
HAMAS may finally get what it DESERVES - DEATH or Expulsion, but Hamas does not have to force all of Gaza to share this same choice !!

2 ) Mel / USA
16/07/2014 01:09
"Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration. Those with narcissistic personality disorder believe that they're superior to others and have little regard for other people's feelings. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism."(Mayo Clinic).
Do you love me daddy.Or do I need to KILL more Goy? Boo-hoo!(Bibi)

3 ) Tobias / USA
16/07/2014 01:09
* Israel wants to "resolve disputes diplomatically", and to live in peace with all it's neighbors, but some will never consider living in peace, and * Hamas, Islamic Jihad, etc. chooses to use terrorism and war crimes in their fight to destroy Israel, which "leaves Israel with no choice but to expand and intensify the campaign" and to defend the citizens of Israel.

4 ) JoeFattal / USA
16/07/2014 01:15
Out of the three stooges, two look Germans to me and Netanyahu look that he aged 20 years. I look better in my worse days.

5 ) Mel / USA
16/07/2014 01:23
Cont: Then look at the overall administration of the Zionist State(not'Jewish State')Israel,from 1940's,from M.Begin to Boo-hoo Bib,has shown all the clinical signs of psychopathy:No affect/empathy/sympathy.Shallow emotions.Irresponsibility.INSINCERE SPEECH.Overconfidence.Tunnel vision.Selfish AND VIOLENT!! People are locked AWAY from society,for these traits,if manifested!But Zionist-Israel's leaders &their state-sponsored rabid-rabbi's are given freedom to EXPAND???

6 ) Vacy / Australia
16/07/2014 01:28
Shame on you Maan for taking the Israeli hasbara view and not mention that Hamas was not consulted on the ceasefire brokered by Egypt.

7 ) Mel / USA
16/07/2014 01:48
Cont: Not to mention that Bibi LIED to the Israeli-Jews by not telling them(gaga order)that the 3 missing settlers had been KILLED.He SUPPRESSED information,allowing him to RANSACK West Bank,sabotage UNITY,on the pretext of searching for missing boys(already dead).Then he launched his planned-strike on Gaza soon after!READ THE TRANSCRIPT,PAWNS of ZION!

8 ) Lynx / Palestine
16/07/2014 02:35
I ask the Resistance Factions to unleash thousands of missiles towards the Zionist Criminals and Reveal to us more of its surprises! Bibi, your threats are amusing!

9 ) Tibi / Tubas
16/07/2014 03:45
-1- Hamas Had An Easy Way Out, both for themselves and for all the residents of Gaza, and all that was required was to * JUST SAY "YES" to the Egyptian Ceasefire Agreement, but -2- Hamas would rather die than live in peace with Zionists, regardless of how many Gaza residents will die because of their stubborn, stupid, and impotent rocket attacks on Israeli civilians !!

10 ) Robert / US
16/07/2014 03:52
I pledge that my country kill this Terrorist and rid ourselves onnce and for all of these maggots, leeches !!! I got an idea, make them ingest gasoline and set them on FIRE ...YOU SICK FUCKS !!!!

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
16/07/2014 04:54
Re Tibi and Tobias and the statements of the Israeli government itself. It is so tediously repellant to read these offerings of murderous mendacity, offered up in support of a cause that is increasingly indistinguishable from simple evil. Please. If you must commit your crimes, at least don't keep trying to make us believe your lies about them. It's exasperating, it's insulting, and it only makes things so much the worse for you. Now, where's Brian to tell us about the rabbits?

12 ) ian / australia
19/07/2014 15:39
Of course, if Israel was honest, "Protective Edge" would be Operation: "Ruthless Self-Preservation" because THAT'S the REAL goal behind the stated ones. All that Palestinian headway (political unity, a reformed Hamas, recognition of Israel, renunciation of violence, a government of technocrats SUPPORTED by Hamas (!), elections etc.) was anathema to the Zionist master plan. SOMETHING had to be done. Enter "Protective Edge", a savage assault guaranteed a violent response. Rocket fire

13 ) ian / australia
19/07/2014 15:39
(contd.) from Gaza is something Israel turns on and off like a spigot with calculated outrages like Ofer and bombing the odd disabled care centre. But it's the guaranteed, foolproof way to achieve the goal, the REAL goal: to ENTRENCH the status quo, return things to the way Israel likes it with Palestinians divided, desperate and above all, VIOLENT. "How..." the leadership can then sanctimoniously declaim, "can we possibly allow a Palestinian State in the West Bank when it will become

14 ) ian / australia
19/07/2014 15:40
(contd.) twenty Gazas on our doorstep?"
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